Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 1-17-19
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SFP/Shabbat Family Programming 
  Sat Jan 19 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (includes Kiddush Lunch)

Upcoming SJS Sessions meeting at regular time
Sun Jan 20; Wed Jan 23;  Sun Jan 27; Wed Jan 30; 
Sun Feb 3; Wed Feb 6; Sun Feb 10; Wed Feb 13; Wed Feb 20;
Sun Feb 24; Wed Feb 27

FNL/Friday Night Live
Fri Jan 25 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.

SFP/Shabbat Family Programming 
Fri Feb 8 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

SJS is NOT in session on
 Sun Feb 17

Shalom Everyone,
  • We look forward to SFP/Shabbat Family Programming this Sat Jan 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a delicious kiddush lunch.  Mazal Tov to our SFP Torah Readers and their families: Mackenzie Ball (8th Grade), Allie Davis (5th Grade), Landon Drapatsky (6th Grade), Ari Falk (1st Grade), Gabi Froum (10th Grade), Jack Himmelfarb (5th Grade), Jordan Kreiner (5th Grade), Rachel Kreiner (7th Grade), Toby Lerner (7th Grade), Nathan Levy (4th Grade), Evan Lieber (9th Grade), Greta Loewenthal (11th Grade), Orli Maer (2nd Grade), Maya Modlin (4th Grade), Arianna Schiff (10th Grade), Lauri Sender (2nd Grade), Naomi Sender (Early Childhood), Teddy Sender (Early Childhood), Evan Silver-Schack (3rd Grade), Gillian Tam (8th Grade), Markus Tam (11th Grade), Tatum Tam (5th Grade) & Marcus Weller (5th Grade).
  • At SFP/Shabbat Family Programming, 1-19-19: All 5th Grade through this year's B'nai Mitzvah students should report promptly at 9:30 a.m. to Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm and the Madrichim assisting her, to the first 3-4 rows on the Cantors side of the Sanctuary.  Rabbi Newman Kamin and Cantor Simon will be in the Main Sanctuary and look forward to seeing many 5th graders through this year's B'nai Mitzvah students on the bimah helping to lead prayers that they have been practicing all year.  All 4th Grade and younger should report promptly at 9:30 a.m. to Room 5 to Morah Lynn Washer, Ms. Diane Rosenfeld and the Madrichim assisting them.  At 10:15 a.m., Ms. Rosenfeld will bring all children 1st-4th Grades to the library. Morah Lynn Washer will move next door to Room 6 with children Kindergarten and younger and their parents.  Morah Lynn will come up with a plan with those families for when/if to join the library service, at the very least in time to attend the library SFP Torah readings.  Please note that activities on Shabbat morning for our 4th graders and younger will be on the second floor of the school building (Rooms 5 and 6) as opposed to on the first floor as it has been in the past.  Mr. Marc Nevins and I will lead Family Tefillah in the library in the lower level of the school building beginning at 10:15 a.m. and the Rabbi will come to the library to hear kids chant from the Torah scroll.  A separate email with Madrichim assignments for those who signed up to assist us with SFP will be forthcoming prior to Shabbat.  Here is a chart with the schedule for SFP, which will also be posted in key places in the synagogue this Shabbat morning:
  • We had a fantastic time with approximately 60 attendees at PJ Shabbat this past Fri Jan 11!
  • Thank you for a productive afternoon and evening of Parent Teacher Conferences yesterday.  We greatly value our partnership with SJS parents to help give our students the best education possible.
  • If you have a student in Ms. Rosenfeld's Alef/Bet (1st/2nd Grade) class, please be sure to RSVP for the class Havdalah:   
  • January, February and March Madrichim Assignments in this link on my blog:
  • With the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Sh'vat on the horizon, we are participating in JNF's Tu Bishvat in the Schools program.  Tree order envelopes are being sent home and we encourage you to plant trees in honor or in memory of special people in your lives.  For those participating online, please visit  Our school's UNIQUE CODE is 735734.
  • Limmud Education updates include several resources to help sync the home and school collaborative process in #6 near the bottom of this email.  These include teacher's contact information, articles, links to our Am Yisrael website, madrichim assignments, Hebrew practicing links and more.
  • Each SJS class is collecting Tzedakah as we do every year to support organizations to support organizations that they choose as a class.  The class totals and organizations chosen are listed in the chart at the bottom of this email (#7).  Thus far as a school our classes have donated a total of $399.53.
  • We welcome Ms. Debbie Kroopkin to our SJS Teaching Team as the new Camp Am Yisrael Teacher.  Her bio can be found on our website:   

(1) Class Updates, Schedules and Curriculum:
Class updates are posted on our website for Alef/Bet (1st/2nd Grades), Dalet (4th Grade), Hei (5th Grade), Vav (6th Grade), Zayin (7th Grade) and Pardes (9th/10th Grades), which can all be accessed in the link to our class schedules and updates: for the other classes will be coming in next week's Limmud/Education Update.  

Class-by-class curriculum outlines at Am Yisrael SJS, can by accessed by clicking on this link:
(2) Please support Kira Friedel's Israel/Passion Mitzvah Project.  Here is Kira's Write-up
I am selling bracelets that will help raise money for Leket Israel! The bracelets say Healthy Food For All. Healthy Food For All means that everyone should be able to access healthy food not just junk food like chips, soda and candy. All proceeds go to Leket Israel. Bracelets cost $3.00 for one bracelet and $5.00 for two bracelets. I will be selling them during SJS.

Facts About Leket Israel

In 2004, 1.426 million people in Israel were hungry; that is 22.4% of the population of Israel. Leket Israel is one of the largest organization in Israel that feed/help the hungry. You can make sandwiches, pick fruits and vegetables and you can come to the warehouse and help move or package things up. They make over 8,000 sandwiches in a day. 


(3) Am Yisrael SJS Room Parents:
Our room parents met as a group in October and will be meeting again in March.  SJS Room Parents help connect our families within each class in various ways, as needed, throughout the year. 

(4) Torah & Megillah Chanting Opportunities:
While there are many opportunities for our students and madrichim to chant from the Torah scroll, the dates that I am currently taking requests via email or text message 847-708-1805 are: 
  • Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) taking place on Shabbat mornings: Mar 16 and May 11.
  • The Purim Megillah reading is being held Wed Mar 20 in the evening.  
  • Intergenerational Torah Reading on Shabbat morning Apr 27 for those interested in participating.  
  • Our final opportunity for this academic year will be for Shavuot on Sun Jun 9.  On that morning we will be making some special presentations.
(5) #Partnership: Am Yisrael and Ramah
Am Yisrael has been chosen for a grant called #Partnership that will enable more of our Am Yisrael students get to my "camp alma-mater," Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.   As part of our partnership this year, we are offering a guaranteed scholarship of $1,500 to first time 4-week campers at Am Yisrael; and we have additional scholarship funds available for younger students attending the overnight or Ramah Day Camp on an as-needed basis. 
(6) Key Resources for getting the most out of the Am Yisrael and SJS/School of Jewish Studies experience:

Am Yisrael Communication on the whole:
Am Yisrael Events emails from our Executive Director Nancy Holab Nevins or 847-446-7215

Links to all SJS/School of Jewish Studies pages on our website:

SJS Manual 5779:
There are two ways to read the SJS Manual: (a) Links for each topic, beginning with fourth bullet point on: and (b) is in PDF form:

Practicing Tefillah (Sun and Wed students):

Part of the Soundtrack for Newborns through Kitah Alef/Bet:

Talking with Our Children Following Pittsburgh Tragedy.  We are in this together and we are stronger together:

Am Yisrael SJS Faculty:
- Mr. Allan Arnet: Hei (5th), Zayin (7th) and Pardes (9th/10th)
- Mr. Dennis Dalet (4th), Vav (6th) and Kahoot Chug 
- Morah Annie Hei (5th) and Zayin (7th) JLab (Enrichment) and Youth Groups Activities
- Morah Sandra Mieli  
 Zayin (7th) and Youth Groups Advisor
- Mrs. Tikva Dalet (4th)
- Mr. E. Marc Band Chug, Tefillah and Shabbat Morning SFP
- Ms. Sara Omanut (Art) Classes and Chug 
- Ms. Diane  
 Alef/Bet(1st/2nd) and Wednesday Hebrew Tutoring
- Mr. Marc Hei (5th)
- Mrs. Shira Gimel (3rd) and Yad Squad Chug
- Ms. Sheila Omanut (Art) Classes and Chug
- Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.): Dalet (4th), Hei (5th), Vav (6th) and Musical Drama Chug
- Morah Aviva Prozdor (8th), Pardes & Tichon (9th-12th) & Madrichim Professional Development
- Morah Lynn Gan (3.5-6 years)
- Morah Myra Hebrew Tutor

SJS Calendar Revised 12-6-18:
-The master SJS calendar now includes the following. Events that have been modified since the original calendar was published in June 2018 are in teal and bold font on the calendar on the website along with the printable PDF, both found at
-If you would like access to a Google Calendar for SJS/Youth Group Programming if you send me an email  
Modifications made to the calendar on 12-6-18:
(a) The Dalet (4th) Brunch and Family Education with Rabbi Newman Kamin has been switched from Sun Feb 3 to Sun Apr 7.
(b) Rabbi Newman Kamin will be reading a story to Camp Am Yisrael on Sun Apr 28 from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
(c) Rabbi Newman Kamin will be teaching all of our High School students on Sun Apr 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  

Current Madrichim Assignments for Jan, Feb & Mar:

Inclusion at Am Yisrael SJS:

Regional CHUSY
CHUSY/CRUSY Regional Teen Engagement Director: Marc Sender: and CHUSY Assistant Regional Teen Engagement Director: Daniel Warshawsky:

Am Yisrael Teen Babysitting Initiative
Contact Am Yisrael congregant and SJS parent Carrie Feig: or 312-636-4241

(7) SJS Tzedakah 5779:
Tzedakah Totals through 1-13-19:
Thank you to those who bring at least one penny per Sunday (our SJS collection day).  It is more about the concept of giving to those in need on a regular basis than how much we give.  Thus far a total of $399.53 has been collected for those in need, listed below.

Please note: Allocation Percentages, which were chosen by each class, can be modified by students speaking with their teachers and the class as a whole coming to new consensuses.  Thank you.

Kitah (Class)
Class Ages/Grades
Tzedakah Total
Camp Am Yisrael
Newborn-3.5 years old
HIAS and Keshet
3.5 years-6 years
The Ark: 33%; Sderot Playground (Israel) 33%; Orphans of the Storm: 33%
1st/2nd Grades
Orphans of the Storm: 60%; Evanston Animal Shelter: 20%; Feed My Starving Children: 10%; Ronald McDonald House: 10%
3rd Grade
Orphans of the Storm: 50%; Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: 50%
4th Grade
Keshet 100%
5th Grade
Israel Sports for the Disabled 33%; Hurricane Relief 33%; Animal Welfare Society 33%
6th Grade
Leket Israel 100%
7th Grade
Keshet 100%
8th Grade
HIAS 100%
Pardes & Tichon
9th-12th Grades


Charlie Sherman, MAEd, CJE
Head of School
Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation
4 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
Cell phone: 847/708.1805
Fax:  847/446.7202